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Result: Lewis Grabban goal seals win for Norwich City

A first-half header from Lewis Grabban gives Norwich City a 1-0 Championship win over Ipswich Town in the East Anglia derby.

A first-half goal from Lewis Grabban was enough for Norwich City to secure a 1-0 win over East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town in the Championship this afternoon.

Ipswich had the better of the early opportunities, with Daryl Murphy sending a shot well wide before a heavy touch from the striker put the ball behind for a goal kick.

The visitors started to look more threatening as Kyle Lafferty tried to set up Steven Whittaker, before Nathan Redmond picked out Grabban, but Dean Gerken was on hand to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

The Canaries did break the deadlock shortly after, as confusion among the Ipswich defenders and Gerken allowed Grabban to make a move at the near post, heading in from close range following a corner.

David McGoldrick tried to get the home side back on level terms at the start of the second half, sending in a low through ball for Murphy, but Norwich managed to clear the danger.

Ipswich striker Murphy continued to get himself into dangerous positions up front, and had another opportunity to find the target shortly after, but sliced just wide from close range.

The visitors responded to Ipswich's bright start to the half, but Grabban hurried his effort, firing well wide while looking for his second of the afternoon.

The striker continued to provide a goal threat for the Canaries, forcing a save from Gerken at full stretch just short of the hour mark before trying to set up Bradley Johnson a couple of minutes later, only for the Ipswich keeper to make the stop again.

The home side pushed hard for an equaliser int he final 10 minutes, but Norwich got numbers behind the ball to make sure that they protected their slender advantage.

Redmond came close to putting the win beyond doubt in stoppage time as he tried to squeeze the ball in from a tight angle, but Gerken was alert to the threat.

The result moves Norwich to the top of the Championship table, having played a game more than those on seven points, while Ipswich sit 15th.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds UnitedLeeds1786329171230
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd179352719830
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1784537251228
6Derby CountyDerby178452520528
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest176922316727
8Swansea CitySwansea177551913626
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn176832021-126
10Queens Park RangersQPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham CityBirmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke CityStoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan AthleticWigan176291926-720
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds175572130-920
18Preston North EndPreston174672630-418
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull City174491624-816
23Bolton WanderersBolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich TownIpswich171881428-1411

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